Tuesday, May 22, 2012

99 things

 I found this on another blog and thought it would be fun to do! The rules are, you look at the list of 99 things and bold the ones that apply to you to date. I haven't seen anyone had any explanations, but think it makes it more personal.

99 Things!

1. Started your own blog -
2. Slept under the stars - During many many camping trips, I have dozed off in my chair by the fire prior to going to bed in my tent.
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower -
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland- Does Disneyworld count?
8. Climbed a mountain -
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo -
EVERY time Paul and I are in the car. Oh, and when I'm home alone.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm - ALL the time. Nature is amazing.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
- I taught myself how to make a no sew fleece blanket. Does that count as an art?
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning - I am pretty sure yes, but I won't go into anymore detail.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables -
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - Haven't we all?
24. Built a snow fort -
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
- Plenty of sunsets, but the sunrises are always the best. Worth every minute of lost sleep.
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (indoors)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
- does the lake count?
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted - Does a caricature count?
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling -
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone- I broke my big toe once!
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - Just fish... nothing too crazy.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - I met Troy Aikmen while the Dallas Cowboys were holding training camp in Wichita Fall, TX.
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby - born March 2010
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee - Twice last year!!!

What does your list look like?


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!


The History of Mother's Day

I found this on the Wikipedia website and thought it would be fun to share the history of Mother's Day with everyone. 

In the United States, Mother's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mother's Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society.
Although many Mother's Day celebrations world-wide have quite different origins and traditions, most have now been influenced by the more recent American tradition established by Jarvis.
Traditions on this day include churchgoing, the distribution of carnations, and family dinners.[1]
The modern holiday was established by Ann Jarvis, who celebrated it for the first time in 1908, then campaigned to make it an official holiday. Previous attempts at establishing Mother's Day in the United States sought to promote peace by means of honoring mothers who had lost or were at risk of losing their sons to war.

 he first attempts to establish a "Mother's Day" in the United States were mostly marked by women's peace groups.[2] A common early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. There were several limited observances in the 1870s and the 1880s but none achieved resonance beyond the local level.[3]
In 1868, Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a "Mother's Friendship Day" whose purpose was "to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War", and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular.[3][4] Her daughter Anna Jarvis would continue her mother's efforts.
In New York City, Julia Ward Howe led a "Mother's Day" anti-war observance on June 2, 1872,[2][3][5] which was accompanied by a Mother's Day Proclamation. The observance continued in Boston for about 10 years under Howe's personal sponsorship, then died out.[6]
Several years later a Mother's Day observance on May 13, 1877 was held in Albion, Michigan over a dispute related to the temperance movement.[7] According to local legend, Albion pioneer Juliet Calhoun Blakeley stepped up to complete the sermon of the Rev. Myron Daughterty who was distraught because an anti-temperance group had forced his son and two other temperance advocates to spend the night in a saloon and become publicly drunk. From the pulpit Blakeley called on other mothers to join her. Blakeley's two sons, both traveling salesmen, were so moved that they vowed to return each year to pay tribute to her and embarked on a campaign to urge their business contacts to do likewise. At their urging, in the early 1880s, the Methodist Episcopal Church in Albion set aside the second Sunday in May to recognize the special contributions of mothers.
Frank E. Hering, President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, made the first known public plea for "a national day to honor our mothers" in 1904.[8][9]

In its present form, Mother's Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis on May 9, 1905. A small service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school.[3] But the first "official" service was on May 10, 1908 in the same church, accompanied by a larger ceremony in the Wanamaker Auditorium in the Wanamaker's store on Philadelphia.[3] The next year the day was reported to be widely celebrated in New York.[10]
Jarvis then campaigned to establish Mother's Day first as a U.S. national holiday and then later as an international holiday.[2][3][11] The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of states followed quickly.[3] On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and requesting a proclamation. On May 9, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day[12][13] as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.[12]
In 1934, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating the holiday.[14]
In May 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives voted twice on a resolution commemorating Mother's Day,[15][16] the first one being unanimous (with 21 members not voting).[15] The Grafton's church, where the first celebration was held, is now the International Mother's Day Shrine and is a National Historic Landmark.[17]

Carnations have come to represent Mother's Day, since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them at its first celebration in 1908.[3][13][17] Many religious services held later adopted the custom of giving away carnations.[3] This also started the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother's Day.[8] The founder, Anna Jarvis, chose the carnation because it was the favorite flower of her mother.[18] In part due to the shortage of white carnations, and in part due to the efforts to expand the sales of more types of flowers in Mother's Day, the florists promoted wearing a red carnation if your mother was living, or a white one if she was dead; this was tirelessly promoted until it made its way into the popular observations at churches.[8][19]

Happy Mother's Day!!!


My top 10 tv/movies moms

In honor of Mother's Day I have decided to put together a top 10 list of TV/Movie moms.

Lorelai Gilmore
 The ultimate friend relationship between a mother and daughter, Lorelai and her daughter Rory get along like best friends. Although their fast talking and buddy-buddy friendship can sometimes be annoying, we appreciate a great mother-daughter relationship when we see one.

 Jill Taylor
As if Jill didn't have enough on her plate by having three rambunctious boys and being married to Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, she decided in later episodes to go back to school. The balance between being a homemaker, wife, mom and student could have driven any one crazy, but she managed with humor and grace.

Leigh Ann Tuohy
Sandra Bullock stars as Southern mom Leigh Anne Tuohy, a no-nonsense woman who welcomes a homeless young man into her family. With her guidance, her adopted son Michael Oher shares the family's love for football and eventually makes it to the NFL.

 M’Lynn Eatenton
M'Lynn loves her daughter and will do anything for her. She even gives her a kidney. There are no limits for what she will go through for her children.

Isabel Kelly and Jackie Harrison
Isabel and Jackie show that they both adore Jackie’s children, but they love them in different ways

 Clair Huxtable
Clair Huxtable epitomizes the '80s mom persona: She's got a high-paying job as an attorney but still manages to spend a lot of time at home, cooking dinner and riffing with Cliff. She's a loving mom who helps her kids through their adolescent crises, but can get them in line with one lift of her eyebrow.

 Kate McAllister
 Yes, she left the country and left her 10-year-old behind — that' s surely enough to have child services knocking on her door. But the passion with which Kate works to get back to Kevin shows how much she truly loves her son.

 Roseanne, while not the sweetest mother in TV history, loved her kids and taught them a lot about life. She showed America that a low-income family with two working parents can still be loving, if dysfunctional.

 Sarah Conner
 The ultimate mama bear, Sarah will do anything to save her son's life, including go into the seedy underworld and end up in a mental institution in an attempt to keep her son safe and teach him how to defend himself for the upcoming war between humans and cyborgs.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Letters

Dear Friday,
What took you so long? I'm so glad you are finally here!

Dear Husband,
I'm so sorry that you are going through a difficult time right now. I just want you to know that I love you and that I'm here for you. We have been through tougher times and we will get through this. Remember....we have each other.

Dear Angelina,
I love you baby girl! I'm so happy that you finally over your cold and that you are back to your sweet, smiling, giggly self!

 Dear Jessica Simpson,
I love, love, love your baby girl's name!!! Maxwell Drew, so pretty!

Dear Rain,
 Please go away!! We want to go outside!!!!

Dear Pscyh 500,
 Only three weeks left! 

Dear Husband,
I love you!!!!!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Mother's Day Wish List

Mother's Day is this Sunday and I have given up trying to talk my husband into doing something special for me. He thinks if his dad didn't do anything for his mom then he shouldn't have to do anything for me. Let me tell ya that hurts!!! Anyways I digress... on to my Mother's Day wish list!

1. Breakfast in bed! This would be heaven as I have never been served breakfast in bed.
2. A mani/pedi! Again I have never had one. And I think I deserve one.
3. Me time! I would love to have just a few hours to myself to browse the aisles at any department store and just relax. Don't get wrong, I love my little girl to pieces, but sometimes Momma needs a break.

4. Mom jewelery! I have always wanted some Mom jewelry. Now that I am a mom I find it pretty important, however, the Hubs doesn't think so.
There you have it, my Mother's day wish list. What's on your wish list?


Friday, May 4, 2012

My dirty laundry

It's no secret that I hate laundry. It's one of my least favorite chores and I tend to struggle to stay on top of it. I think the reason that I hate it so much is because there is just no end to it. Just when you reach the bottom of your hamper, someone decides to that they need to take a shower or the LO decides to "wash" their hair with their yogurt and the cycle repeats itself. Laundry....it's the vicious cycle of life. Never ending!!!

Enter, these beauties! I know they are not the fancy HE washers and dryers, but they fit our budget and they work for me. 

Also, I cannot wait to use this:

 These are going to make doing laundry a whole lot easier!!

 I have found a way to make doing laundry more bearable, at lest for me. Just wash/dry one load a day, fold and put away. This way I stay caught up. No more laundry baskets piled to the ceiling with clean clothes.

Are you a one load a day person, or are you a weekly laundry person?